Sag Harbor Village Trustees Look to Tackle West Water Street Erosion

Posted on 10 July 2010

The Village of Sag Harbor hopes to tackle erosion on West Water Street that has threatened a waterfront embankment and adjacent roadway this fall, according to Mayor Brian Gilbride.

Last December, after receiving word from superintendent of public works Jim Early that the embankment had been damaged for the fourth time that year due to stormy weather, Gilbride reached out to village planning consultant Richard Warren about developing a plan for the area, rather than what he called “the band aid” approach of revitalizing the shoreline with sand and rocks.

“There is some [Federal Emergency Management Agency] money available for the damage down there and some grant monies as well,” said Gilbride on Wednesday. “We are hoping to be able to go in there and do the repair in one shot and get away from this band aid approach, although a lot still has to happen for that to occur.”

At the recommendation of Warren, the village board hired Steve Maresca during a board of trustees re-organizational meeting Wednesday morning, to design an erosion control plan for the embankment at West Water Street, as well as timber steps from the street level to the water level and a wood boardwalk.

In other village news, Trustee Tim Culver was named Deputy Mayor, taking over the duty from former trustee Tiffany Scarlato who did not seek re-election last month. Benedetta Deubel and Michael Bromberg were reappointed to the zoning board of appeals for five-year terms, and Dr. Tom Halton and Jeff Peters were reappointed to the Harbor Committee for three-year terms. According to Gilbride, Harbor Committee member Nancy Haynes has yet to let the village know if she would like to continue her term on the committee.

The village also hired Larry Indimine to perform an appraisal of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) property adjacent to the Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge. According to Gilbride, the village intends to bid on the property, which will be up for public auction later this month. The board also agreed to use monies from the village contingency account to prepare the village’s bid and for possible acquisition of the parcel if the village is the successful bidder.

Trustee Robby Stein said he had several community members, and Save Sag Harbor, ask if there is a fund to contribute to for the purchase of the property. Village attorney Fred W. Thiele, Jr. said the village could set up a separate account for such a donation.

Lastly, the board agreed to perform an updated energy use inventory of municipal buildings with the aid of 725 GREEN. In 2008, the village performed a similar survey.

According to a letter submitted by 725 GREEN member Sumner Pingree, 725 GREEN has received a small grant enabling them to hire a college intern to perform the assessment with Pingree, at no cost to the village.

“With your leadership, we believe such information will promote over time greater efficiency of operations, real cost savings, better decision making and planning, as well as a more competitive stance by which the village can pursue federal, state and local funding for priority retrofit, energy efficiency and conservation projects,” said Pingree in his request.

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